Chalk

Chalk Chalk (ch[add]k), n. [AS. cealc lime, from L. calx limestone. See {Calz}, and {Cawk}.] 1. (Min.) A soft, earthy substance, of a white, grayish, or yellowish white color, consisting of calcium carbonate, and having the same composition as common limestone. [1913 Webster]

2. (Fine Arts) Finely prepared chalk, used as a drawing implement; also, by extension, a compound, as of clay and black lead, or the like, used in the same manner. See {Crayon}. [1913 Webster]

{Black chalk}, a mineral of a bluish color, of a slaty texture, and soiling the fingers when handled; a variety of argillaceous slate.

{By a long chalk}, by a long way; by many degrees. [Slang] --Lowell.

{Chalk drawing} (Fine Arts), a drawing made with crayons. See {Crayon}.

{Chalk formation}. See {Cretaceous formation}, under {Cretaceous}.

{Chalk line}, a cord rubbed with chalk, used for making straight lines on boards or other material, as a guide in cutting or in arranging work.

{Chalk mixture}, a preparation of chalk, cinnamon, and sugar in gum water, much used in diarrheal affection, esp. of infants.

{Chalk period}. (Geol.) See {Cretaceous period}, under {Cretaceous}.

{Chalk pit}, a pit in which chalk is dug.

{Drawing chalk}. See {Crayon}, n., 1.

{French chalk}, steatite or soapstone, a soft magnesian mineral.

{Red chalk}, an indurated clayey ocher containing iron, and used by painters and artificers; reddle. [1913 Webster]


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  • chalk — chalk·er; …   English syllables

  • chalk — [chôk] n. [ME < OE cealc < L calx, lime, limestone: see CALCIUM] 1. a white, gray, or yellowish limestone that is soft, porous, and easily pulverized, composed almost entirely of calcite from minute sea shells 2. any substance like chalk in …   English World dictionary

  • Chalk — Chalk, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chalked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Chalking}.] 1. To rub or mark with chalk. [1913 Webster] 2. To manure with chalk, as land. Morimer. [1913 Webster] 3. To make white, as with chalk; to make pale; to bleach. Tennyson. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chalk — ► NOUN 1) a white soft limestone (calcium carbonate) formed from the skeletal remains of sea creatures. 2) a similar substance (calcium sulphate), made into sticks and used for drawing or writing. ► VERB 1) draw or write with chalk. 2) Brit.… …   English terms dictionary

  • chalk|y — «CH kee», adjective, chalk|i|er, chalk|i|est. 1. of chalk; containing chalk: »The blackboard eraser was full of chalky dust. 2. like chalk; white as chalk: »The clown s …   Useful english dictionary

  • chalk — [tʆɔːk ǁ tʆɒːk] verb chalk up something phrasal verb [transitive] to succeed in getting something or reaching a total: • The big oil companies continued to chalk up huge profits …   Financial and business terms

  • Chalk — (engl. für Kreide) ist der Name eines kommerziellen Jugendmagazins, das in Österreich an den meisten höheren Schulen gratis aufliegt. Das 52seitige Heft erreicht ca. 105.000 Schüler, neben aktuellen CD , Buch , PC , TV Kritiken und diversen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • chalk... — chalk..., Chalk... [ç...] vgl. ↑chalko..., Chalko …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • chalk up to — chalk (something) up to (something else) to say that something is caused by something else. She doesn t even bother to say thank you, but I just chalk it up to bad manners and try not to let it bother me …   New idioms dictionary

  • chalk up — (something) to record something special. Many banks chalked up large profits from their loans to internet companies. Etymology: based on the idea of keeping a record on a chalk board …   New idioms dictionary

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